Last week I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Day gift of seeing every Eastern Conference team's best player compared to an NBA legend. Well, to ring in the New Year, it's time to compare the best of the West to legends of years gone by.
Are Dirk Nowitzki's fall-away, one-legged jumpers all that unique? Is Kevin Durant's silky smooth game the first of its kind? Has anyone ever pump faked as much Utah's Al Jefferson?
The answers to these all-important questions lay ahead. Also on the horizon here is perspective on just how much the game has boldly changed, yet oddly remained the same over the decades. With more than 60 years of NBA basketball, uniquely talented players often forge their own paths that unwittingly intersect with the skills and styles of previous players.
So let's see who Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, James Harden and others compare to favorably over the years.
*All statistics via basketball-reference.com and are accurate as of noon ET on January 1, 2013